Citizenship is an evolving concept. The idea of a 'global citizen' is an emerging one, with various definitions. For me, it is about identifying first and foremost as a human, regardless of state borders, nationality, race, religion or any other characteristic, and part of the global 'humankind'.
Then, its about connecting with and learning from the different members that make up 'human kind' and taking an active role to positively influence our development and progression.
I love learning from other peoples experiences, and it turns out I have a few experiences of my own for others to learn from also! In April 2018, I began as an Advisory & Personal Mentor for 2018 Queen's Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth, as part of the Cambridge University Leading Change Program.
So far, I have had the privilege of working with 4 incredible young people from Malta, Trinidad & Tobago, Lebanon and Nigeria.
Some would say love, others would say money, and I often say that it is politics! I believe that being awake, active and engaged global citizens is a responsibility.
In April 2018, I was fortunate to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom, as a Youth Delegate. Read our resulting Declaration and Action Plan.
My work has allowed me to live in 15 different countries and travel to over 35 more and as a result, I have a deep respect and connection with so many parts of the world. To view an interactive map of my global adventures....
"A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy."
- Elizabeth L. Hollander